Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, from Jefferson to Reagan

Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, from Jefferson to Reagan

by Garland S. Tucker III


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Conservatism in America, as one early-twentieth-century politician said, is “as old as the Republic itself.” But what are its foundational principles, and how did they form the modern conservative movement?

Author Garland S. Tucker III tells the story in this lively look at fourteen champions of conservative thought—some well known, others hardly remembered at all. Taking readers on an exciting tour from the American Founding to the modern era, Tucker traces the development of conservatism’s basic tenets and shows how leaders put principle into action (some more successfully than others).

Conservative Heroes offers brief but penetrating profiles of:
  • The Founders who agreed on the two primary purposes of government—but differed on how best to achieve the balance between them
  • The pair of nineteenth-century congressional leaders who fought to preserve the founding vision of a limited national government
  • The towering statesman whose defense of slavery has obscured his considerable contributions to American constitutional history
  • The last Democratic president to advance conservative principles
  • The president and treasury secretary who together reduced taxes and the size of the federal government—and sparked an economic boom
  • The forgotten leaders, both Democrats, who spearheaded the conservative challenge to FDR’s New Deal
  • The man who revived the GOP as the conservative party
  • The three driving forces behind the ascent of modern conservatism
Here is the story of American conservatism in fourteen lives—a story we need to understand to tackle the challenges we face today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610171571
Publisher: ISI Books
Publication date: 07/22/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Garland S. Tucker III is the author of The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election. He has written for National Review, the Washington Times, and other leading publications, and he is a frequent media guest who has appeared on major radio programs locally and nationally, as well as on television networks such as MSNBC and C-SPAN. Tucker serves as chairman and CEO of Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded specialty finance company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington and Lee University and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. A former member of the New York Stock Exchange, Tucker serves on the boards of a number of companies, schools, and charitable organizations.

Amity Shlaes is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: Coolidge, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, The Forgotten Man (Graphic Edition), and The Greedy Hand: Why Taxes Drive Americans Crazy.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Tucker's Gift Amity Shlaes 9

Introduction: "A Faithful Band" 17

1 Thomas Jefferson and James Madison: Founding Collaborators 27

2 Nathaniel Macon and John Randolph: The "Tertium Quids" 45

3 John C. Calhoun: "The Cast-iron Man" 61

4 Grover Cleveland: Character and Courage 77

5 Calvin Coolidge and Andrew Mellon: Commonsense Government 97

6 Josiah W. Bailey: The Conservative Manifesto of 1937 119

7 John W. Davis: "Public Enemy Number One" 137

8 Robert A. Taft: "Mr. Republican" 157

9 William F. Buckley Jr., Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan: The Conservative Triptych 173

Epilogue: "As Old as the Republic Itself" 201

Notes 203

Acknowledgments 219

Index 221

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